Kinder Morgan slammed for 'accidentally' omitting oil pipeline maps in federal application (UPDATED)

Parliament asked to require Texas company to "re-start" its application after it neglected to upload oil pipeline maps to NEB website for people to see

Kennedy Stuart asks Parliament to extend deadline for NEB Kinder Morgan hearing
NDP MP Kennedy Stewart in House of Commons on Tuesday

Kinder Morgan was harshly criticized in the House of Commons Tuesday for not filing a complete application with maps for its Edmonton-to-Burnaby oil pipeline -- a project that may disturb dozens of homes through several B.C. cities, depending on the path.

“These are people in charge of a $5 billion construction project, and they ‘forgot’ to include their maps?  Absolutely extraordinary,’" Kennedy Stewart told the Vancouver Observer on Tuesday.

“It’s a 150 metre-wide corridor going through the city."

The Texas-headquartered company admits in a new letter that it accidentally could not upload the pipeline maps due to a technical glitch.

"It appears that during the upload of the electronic files, the maps...were inadvertently attached in a file size that exceeded the NEB’s 5MB file size limit and were therefore not uploaded to the NEB’s regulatory document repository," wrote Kinder Morgan Canada's vice president, Scott Stoness on Friday.

Hard copies of its pipeline maps were provided to the National Energy Board last December in its massive application -- a stack of 37 binders, 2 metres (7 ft.) in height.

But critically, Stewart said, online copies were not available during the entire four-week period that ended Feb.12 when the public was applying to participate in the upcoming NEB hearing into the project.  

"After the participation process is closed they say ‘whoops – we forgot to include the maps’ – that’s absolutely Keystone Cops," said Stewart.

Consequently, Stewart asked Parliament on Tuesday to force Kinder Morgan to re-start its application.  

The government did not respond to his statement in the House, and today, the NEB rejected Stewart's request to re-open the company's application process.

Confusing matters further for residents, the company is still posting on its own website a variety of options for its pipeline in Burnaby -- including a "select" corridor and a "study" corridor.

Kinder Morgan oil pipeline route still being studied, says company website

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